Mamaw’s Rolls are a classic yeast dinner roll recipe just like my great-grandma used to make. They’re so easy to make and you can even be made ahead of time and frozen for later.
I’ve talked before about my great grandmother’s big breakfasts. They were big in every way possible – just like Mamaw’s Cinnamon Rolls. She’d feed huge crowds of family and extended family. There would be a lot of food and her rolls could almost be categorized as loaves! I’ve never seen a dinner roll that big since. Mamaw’s Rolls were yeast rolls and we’d pile them high with a fried egg, bacon or sausage and kibbe Naya. Mamaw (my great grandmother) passed away about 20 years ago and we talk about this dinner roll recipe every time we reminisce about our favorite Mamaw memories over breakfast or dinner.
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My cousin recently came to visit and we spent about 2 days working on this recipe. Mamaw was her grandmother and her dad was taught the recipe at some point. I had asked her for the recipe awhile back but it’s one of those awesome family recipes that has a palm full of this and a little bigger palm full of that so having her here to help me learn how to make dinner rolls was amazing! I think we’ve got this figured out for you. I gave my 8-year-old a roll yesterday after they came out of the oven and he loved them so much he kept going on and on but my favorite quote of his was “they’re beyond amazing!” He may have earned an extra dessert for that 😉 I loved sharing that with him though because he never met Mamaw, so it was a way to connect him in a real and tangible way to our family history. THAT is so important to me and what I will be so thankful for this Thanksgiving, as I make all our traditional family dishes, like these homemade dinner rolls and Syrian Rice.
You could make these yeast dinner rolls the traditional size or Mamaw’s size. A Mamaw size roll is about double the size of a regular roll. So a pound of flour will get ya 16 rolls. I made a 2-pound batch because you can make them ahead of time and partially bake them, freeze them, then pull them out to finish anytime I want. That makes them perfect for Thanksgiving. There is nothing like a fresh baked roll to go with your Thanksgiving dinner and making them ahead makes it possible without all the fuss.
How to form Mamaw’s Rolls:
- Form a circle with your fingers
- Push the dough from underneath through the circle you formed with your fingers.
- Pinch the bottom edges together on the bottom of the ball and place, pinch side down, on the greased baking tin.
I hope that helps and that you try my Mamaw’s rolls this year. Enjoy your time with your family and all the delicious food. What are you thankful for this year?
Want more Thanksgiving dinner recipes?
- Holiday Sangria
- Onion, Cranberry & Pecan Cheese Ball
- Baked Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Green Bean Casserole
- Apple & Cranberry Cornbread Dressing
- Super Juicy Brined Roast Turkey
- Cranberry Fluff
- More side dish recipes…
Tools used to make this Mamaw’s Rolls recipe
Glass Measuring Cup: I have a set of these measuring cups as long as I can remember. They come in 3 different sizes for all your cooking needs!
Mixing Bowl: These mixing bowls get used just about every day at my house. The grip handle makes them easy to hold and the pour spout makes them perfect for batters!
Large Bowl: This mixing bowl is perfect for mixing and serving. I love how big it is! I can use it for anything and everything.
Disposable Pie Plates: These pie plates are so multi-functional! They’re great for pies (of course), but I also use them to freeze rolls, send home dinner guests with leftovers, and craft projects with my boys!
Baking Dish: This baking dish is a must-have for any home cook. I actually have 3 of them in my cupboard, and each dish comes with a lid for storing leftovers or taking your dishes on the go.
Gallon Zip-Top Bag: My kitchen drawer is always stocked with zipper top plastic bags. They’re great for storage, but I find myself using them for everything from deviled eggs to frosting too!
- mix the water, sugar, and yeast together in a small bowl or measuring glass
- in a large bowl mix together flour and salt
- add in vegetable oil and start to mix
- pour in dissolved yeast mixture and stir with your hands (They're gonna get messy)
- once it forms a ball dump onto a floured counter and knead
- knead dough until it becomes smooth
- you may need to add a tablespoon or two more of water if the dough is too dry
- once well-combined place dough in a large oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth
- place in a warm area of the house to rise for about an hour until the dough has doubled in size (I use my laundry room with the dryer running)
- once doubled if you poke it with your finger it shouldn't push back out
- punch down dough
- to form even balls for your rolls split the dough in half then half each of those in half and so on and so on until you have 32 balls*
- form rolls and place in a grease circular pie plate 7 around and one in a center. (I use disposable pan so I can freeze a lot)
- Place covered in a warm place and allow to rise again for about an hour
- preheat oven to 350 degrees
- brush melted butter on the tops of the risen rolls
Eating right away
- place in the oven and bake for 20 min or until golden brown
- only bake for 10 to 15 minutes until set but not golden brown yet.
- allow to cool completely
- cover with foil and place into a gallon sized freezer bag
- to bake later allow to defrost completely
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- place in the oven and bake for 10-20 minutes until golden brown